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Re: Copiers

no...just your basic color printout...like a fancier version of your home
inkjet printer.

>I'm assuming that irises and cactuses are offset printed?
>From:   Jennifer Vignone[SMTP:opus@xxxxxxxx]
>Sent:   Saturday, August 16, 1997 9:50 PM
>To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject:        Re: Copiers
>>irises, cactuses, dye dubs- what are they???
>Irises are gorgeous. You get the closest thing to actual printed color and
>can print on many different surfaces...watercolor paper, acetate, mylar,
>fabric (If the output place is as adventurous as you are). It's a
>water-based, inkjet print, so it's a good idea to fix it or have it coated
>by the output place....OR you can work over it. They are referred to as
>continuous tone prints, so even though they are just 300 dpi, the color is
>smooth with no banding in gradations. These are pretty pricey though.
>Fieries are color printouts from a laser printer. They are probably more
>stable as far as fading, but the color isn't as true as an iris is. I have
>noticed a tendency for the blues to go a little black and the greens to bo
>too blue. But every fiery printer will be different
>Cactuses are low resolution (200dpi) used mostly for large -- poster-size
>-- work but I have used them for little books when the solution called for
>a grainy printout. Their color quality can be poor, due partly to that
>large dot size...but on the other hand, they sort of have a neat
>pointillistic quality to them.
>Dye Subs are a method of printing based usually on RGB (the others print
>out best when the image is CYMK). These type of prints are frequently used
>by photographers because they produce a clean and smooth transition of
>color and are sharper than irises (but I think only slightly really--I have
>noticed no great difference) and fieries. Fieries can't come close to what
>irises and dye subs look like. Dye Subs don't have the variety of printable
>surfaces that irises have, however. They must be printed onto treated
>dyesublimation paper
>Remember, all these machines are only as good as thier calibration and if
>you have a job that's really super important (and aren't they all,
>especially when you have to spend a good deal of money on some of these
>methods) it is best to bring your disk into the output place and look at
>the file on thier machine to see how it looks...generally, the output
>service has their monitors calibrated to their printers, so seeing it there
>gives you a better idea of what the printed piece will look like.
>And, again, it depends on what look you're after. After you decide on that,
>it's a matter of the longevity of these methods and how much that depends
>to you.
>I hope this gives you a little look into these methods...it's just the tip
>of the iceberg on these, really.

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